Is it rational to think I have a soul inside of me that existed before I was born, and when I die, it will exist on forever?
Are our souls the souls of angles who were sent to get some R&R and we don’t know it but god doesn’t know everything and this is god’s way of sorting out the good and faithful apples and banishing the rest?
How likely is it each of us has an eternal soul? If so, how did it get inside of us? Would believing in eternal souls be like believing elves actually live in the deep woods? Are eternal souls and elves the same type of magical thinking?
And no one can prove eternal souls and elves are not true. However logic can show it’s very unlikely and a very long shot simply by pointing out religious versions of the truth are in the thousands, all claiming their version is the real and only truth.
There’s only one kind of scientific version, the one that explains and works.
It’s rational to think my brain is the only thing around that has the power to create such a thing as me and did so, so I could fit in with with my fellow humans. My identity or ego makes it easier for me to fit in, I was given a name for my powerful brain to latch on to and identify with.
So, at the end my life when my support system and creator (the human animal) dies, can I do nothing but go poof? Why? The circuits in my brain which supported me no longer can send messages.
Wouldn’t any other reality be a magical one, like believing Santa is really real? Until one day one thinks “How does Santa get those presents down through the chimney without getting them dirty? Well, no matter because I love those presents!”
Believing doesn’t make something so, but why gamble? the religious folks ask and are answered back The odds of your being right are not 100% or even 50/50 as you may think. The odds are so long, knowing them might make you dizzy. Plus, there’s a rational explanation for the identity’s birth and death.
If one’s logic returns the idea there’s no afterlife, wouldn’t one be more liable to stop and smell the roses? Is the human animal every identity’s soul?